Desk setup. Attendance tracking

Post-it® notes, Desk Calendars, Excel and Staff Attendance Tracking App Full Comparison. Finally, someone says which is better

One of the first HR-related jobs I had, while I was still in the Finance Department of the organization I worked for, was maintaining the attendance tracking records. I was terribly pleased with myself, having had this important new responsibility bestowed upon me just a few short months into my tenure. Little did I know …

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Vacation planning habits in different countries

What constitutes vacation planning? For most of my vacations, my planning consisted of looking for a good deal on transportation and lodging rates, finding attractions to visit at my destination to visit, and identifying places to have a good meal. As an HR director responsible for employee scheduling and time-off management, I’ve known plenty of …

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Dale rowing in the park

Time Management in the Future

A while back, I wrote about what time management looked like a hundred years ago. The military’s need to be able to coordinate its numerous activities, for example, spurred the development of a reliable sturdy wristwatch to replace the cumbersome and delicate pocket watch, and industry’s need to reduce how long it took to make …

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5 ways to motivate your staff

5 Ways to Motivate Your Staff

If you want to motivate your staff, give or promise them something of value, and then follow through on your promise. There’s no shortage of scholarly research that shows that people generally respond better to positive reinforcement. There may be a place for negativity – threats and punishment – but I personally don’t know of …

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Employee time off things to consider
Employee Time Off – Things To Consider

Employee Time Off – Things To Consider

When did ‘time off’ change so dramatically? It used to be called holidays, and sickies for pretty much anything else! Nowadays we have sabbaticals, jury service, dependent leave, flexible working and much more. Long gone are the days of stay-at-home mums and men only in the workplace, in fact quite the reverse can now be …

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Time Management 100 Years Ago

Time Management 100 Years Ago

My tenure as admin manager for a non-profit pretty much straddled the transition from the analog to the digital age. When I took over, one of the annual rituals we engaged in was the Ordering of the Calendars, at the time one of the most valuable time management tools available. Many of the professional staff, …

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clockwork

Putting the Pieces Together

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Easier said than done. Most of us are obsessed with appearances; the outer layer is the first thing people see, after all. The aesthetics must be pleasing to the eye. But what is it that really makes things work just right? What keeps everything running like clockwork? When …

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